Will yoga help me lose weight?
This is a very common question as many of us struggle with weight and body image issues. The system of yoga was developed to bring the body and mind back into “sukkha” or “harmony” and, through that it can, in fact, support weight management in the practitioner. It does this through many ways including through the physical postures, which can detoxify the body & harmonize the nervous system, through pranayama (breathing practices), which can still the restless mind that often desires food in the face of stress, as well as relaxation & meditation, which can increase awareness & lead to wiser food choices.
In addition, yoga can increase metabolism (even the gentler forms) since it pumps fresh blood into cells and muscles and, at times, can even increase heart rate.
Overall, yoga helps to create homeostasis (or optimal balance) in the body which, over time and with consistency, can allow the body to reach its’ most healthy weight & lead to and overall sense of joy & well-being.